What can one conclude after 21 days of minimum 5 ‘sessions’ of exercise per week? You get stronger and you get hungrier. I can now proclaim with confidence, that I could do 15 full press ups in one set, if one were required to. I can also tell you now, that I have no idea how people who exercise go without eating carbs because fitness (mostly running, I find) makes you HUNGRY A.F. Speaking of running, I got 3km without stopping on my Wednesday run (the last 2km I did the run-walk-run-walk thing I was talking about last week).
This is actually really, really great for me. I am going to partially attribute that achievement to practise (practice? practise? I never know) – obvious, but I am also going to partially attribute the achievement to Invisibilia, a really great podcast that Lani put me on, about the ‘intangible forces that shape human behaviour – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions, fears. It’s very captivating, incredibly interesting and even though I’m only half way through episode one, I get a weird feeling it’s going to change how I think about things. I forget whether I’ve talked about this or not, but I got given the pro-tip of listening to a podcast whilst running (as opposed to music) two years ago by a guy who is a very good runner, and it was the best running tip I’ve ever received. I highly recommend to those out there who are having running struggles. If you’ve got a good, engaging podcast to listen to it creates a really amazing distraction from the fact that your legs hurt and you can’t breathe, you know? Invisibilia - look it up.
So I did the NTC ‘Challenger’ workout using the app in the middle of the lounge the other day whilst my brother and boyfriend were playing playstation and eating leftover KFC next to me and the workout is actually 45 minutes long which is a decent period of time. It required weights and a medicine ball and I don’t have either so I just did the movements without them and it was still pretty fricken hard. I was dead. If you are looking for a workout that will push you, I suggest this one.
I had kind of a fail on Friday. I didn’t get up in time for NTC IRL in Britomart, so I decided I would do it after work, and then after work I did this really intense hour and a half phone interview and after that I felt completely drained so I just decided to eat a toffee pie with cream and call it a day. This morning I made up for it with a Barre Burn class, and for those who are like ‘ohhh, barre class is for pussies’, try this fricken class. It incorporates strength work with interval training and it is not easy but it is DOPE.